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wasnt a bad performance by my team, but Gasly really shot me in the foot. he was going pretty good at one point when i looked and then 10 mins later, he was DNF. a top 10 finish would have probably kept me on top but im not entirely sure. i dont even know why he DNF'd??!
 

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wasnt a bad performance by my team, but Gasly really shot me in the foot. he was going pretty good at one point when i looked and then 10 mins later, he was DNF. a top 10 finish would have probably kept me on top but im not entirely sure. i dont even know why he DNF'd??!
It's a harsh penalty when your driver gets a DNF, especially when they're your turbo driver! And because of the price cap on who can be nominated as turbo you're effectively picking from a midfield that is prone to either failure or accident. At least Sainz scored some encouraging points! I'd nearly be tempted to nominate him as turbo if I didn't fear his Renault engine might go up in a plume of smoke at any moment!
 

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i read it was a driveshaft failure. i also read he got DQ from quali, so starting 20th and finishing top 10 i believe would have scored serious points. and yes, with Sainz and Racing Point having a decent weekend, im left wondering what could have been
 

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The fifth round of the Formula 1 World Championship returned to Spain, home of winter testing, at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Amid rumours the Spanish round could be dropped to make way for new venues in 2020, all eyes were on Ferrari to see if they could recapture their stunning pre-season form and end Mercedes record breaking streak.

Qualifying saw yet another Mercedes front row lock-out, with Valtteri Bottas taking a dominant pole position by 0.6s from Lewis Hamilton. When the lights went out it was Hamilton who took the initiative, getting the jump on his teammate who was squeezed into Sebastian Vettel as the drivers went three-wide into Turn 1. Vettel locked up and suffered a flatspot that would compromise his race, with Max Verstappen continuing to be the fly in the ointment for Ferrari by jumping into P3.

With Vettel struggling for pace Ferrari once again hesitated to make crucial decisions as Leclerc, who was faster at that stage of the race, lost time behind his teammate before the order to switch positions was finally given. This would be reversed later in the race, with Vettel being forced into a two-stop strategy.

With Verstappen also on a two-stop strategy it looked like the Merc duo were committed to making a single stop. However, with Hamilton's right rear starting to show some signs of wear the team took the opportunity to pit both drivers when the safety car was deployed on lap 46 after a collision between Lando Norris and Lance Stroll.

At the restart Hamilton was able to defend his position from Bottas to record his third win of the season, continuing the unprecedented 1-2 streak for the Brackley based constructor. Verstappen claimed his second podium finish of the season, leading home the Ferrari pairing of Vettel and Leclerc.

In the fantasy league there was only one change of position in the standings, with Toni's "Raijin Racing" team swapping places with Petr's "Peki Racing Team". As the second highest scorer of the weekend, Toni is beginning to close the gap in the standings having missed the first two rounds of the championship.

Lewis Hamilton was the top performing driver of the weekend, taking home 63 points whilst Mercedes collected 70 points. Red Bull were the second highest scoring constructor, with Pierre Gasly the first of the Turbo eligible drivers to cross the line. With strong performances from both Kevin Magnussen and Carlos Sainz Jr there were plenty of points on offer for those that selected their Turbo driver wisely!

At the other end of the tables it was a tough weekend for Lando Norris and Lance Stroll, with their collision and subsequent retirement costing them -11 and -14 points respectively.

The European leg of the championship continues in a fortnight with the Monaco GP. Mercedes will surely be favourite to dominate at a circuit were qualifying performance is crucial, but don't discount Red Bull who have an excellent record around the street circuit which often allows their chassis to shine. Ferrari will surely have to show they can put the brakes on Max Verstappen, who has moved into third position in the World Driver's Championship, before they can even contemplate closing the gap to Mercedes!

Craic Chicane | @suspectmonkey | 789 points (+202, -)
RRL Gazelle | @SuperGazelle | 724 points (+174, -)
Triple S Racing | @Ethan Kearley | 698 points (+165, -)
RRL Motorsport | @Simon Fillingham | 641 points (+162, -)
URL Motorsport | @Skenys | 542 points (+125, -)
Snelle Jelle | @Jelle Ooms | 382 points (+150, -)
Raijin Racing | @BeefSupreme | 456 points (+178, >1)
Peki Racing Team | @Peki | 439 points (+120, <1)
 
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Felt like a rough week for me as I forgot to look at my team at all, but fairly happy with the outcome. Bringing Perez in has paid off somewhat, but leaving him as my turbo choice this week was poor from me. I feel a lot more prepared for Monaco though, and looking to close that large gap to Jon!
 

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I joined. Team name: Portokal Motorsports
..and pushed me down a place further! :D

Welcome Marko! :)

My drivers did pretty well in Spain. Kimi's result wasn't great but couldn't have asked for much more from the rest.

P15 & DNF for Racing Point was a killer although it was their 1st DNF of 2019, so I'll be sticking with the Merc engine outfit to do me good in the next few races and even expect to see them higher up the points when they get their new Summer upgrade
 

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Formula 1 rolled into the streets of Monte Carlo for Round 6 of the championship. Following the sad news of Niki Lauda passing away earlier in the week, the race weekend would see many tributes paid to the Austrian legend. Danke, Niki!

With Mercedes coming into the weekend with a perfect score of five 1-2 victories out of five races the Silver Arrows were surely odds-on favourite.
Ferrari driver and Monaco native, Charles Leclerc, clearly had different ideas, topping the timesheets in Free Practice 3. Unfortunately, another catastrophic strategy call by Ferrari resulted in Leclerc being eliminated in the first round of qualifying. That left Mercedes free to seal yet another front-row lockout, with Max Verstappen the next nearest challenger in P3.

Lewis Hamilton made a good start at lights out, whilst Verstappen challenged Valtteri Bottas heading into Sainte Devote. Bottas held his nerve on the outside line to retain the position as the drivers raced towards Casino Square.

Monégasque hero Leclerc made the most of his local knowledge to execute a series of brilliant overtakes in the opening laps. A stunning pass on Romain Grosjean into Rascasse showed sheer brilliance as he moved into P12. Sadly, an attempt to pass Nico Hulkenberg at the same location ended in disaster, with Leclerc picking up a puncture that would ultimately end his race.

With the safety car being deployed to allow the debris from Leclerc’s flailing tyre to be collected the leaders dived for the pits. Hamilton and Bottas emerged on the medium compound tyre, whilst Verstappen and Vettel opted for softs. A fast stop from Red Bull saw Verstappen released into the path of Bottas and consequently slapped with a 5 second penalty for an unsafe release.

Crucially, Verstappen still held track position and was free to chase down Hamilton who was struggling on his tyres. Whilst Hamilton expressed his concern over team radio Verstappen continued to turn the screw, evoking shades of Senna vs. Mansell in ‘92, or perhaps more accurately Ricciardo vs. Vettel in ‘18.

Despite a late lunge by Verstappen into the chicane during the closing laps, he had to concede victory to Hamilton and finished P4 on adjusted time. That left Vettel to claim P2, with Bottas rounding out the podium after making a second stop following a puncture.
In the Fantasy League it was Hamilton and Mercedes who topped the tables, with an honourable mention going to Pierre Gasly who was the third highest scorer after collecting fastest lap on fresh rubber late in the race. It was a torrid weekend for Charles Leclerc, the only driver not to finish the race, ending up on –14 points.

Team manager Josh’s RRL Gazelle team was top scorer in Monaco on 197 points, with Turbo driver Carlos Sainz delivering 50 points after an impressive P6 finish. Whilst there was no change at the top of the standings the gap has closed, and we have a new entry with team manager Marko joining the league with Portokal Motorsports.

We trade the Armco of Monaco for the Wall of Champions in Montreal as Formula 1 takes a short break from Europe for the Canadian Grand Prix. With Mercedes record breaking run finally at an end will we finally see another driver on the top step of the podium? Tune in to find out!

Craic Chicane | @Jon Patterson | 970 points (+181, -)
RRL Gazelle | @SuperGazelle | 921 points (+197, -)
Triple S Racing | @Ethan Kearley | 879 points (+181, -)
Portokal Motorsports | @Marko | 834 points (New Entry)
RRL Motorsport | @Simon Fillingham | 775 points (+134, <1)
Snelle Jelle | @Jelle Ooms | 658 points (+146, >1)
Raijin Racing | @BeefSupreme | 640 points (+184, >1)
URL Motorsport | @Skenys | 634 points (+92, <2)
Peki Racing Team | @Peki | 539points (+100, -)
 

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#53
no. im still not tinkering with my line-up so i can bring in another team. Racing Point WILL come good!

Gasly has been my outstanding pick. Im losing faith in Kimi too.

A well written round-up, Jon.
 

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no. im still not tinkering with my line-up so i can bring in another team. Racing Point WILL come good!

Gasly has been my outstanding pick. Im losing faith in Kimi too.

A well written round-up, Jon.
Thanks Simon! Yes, I can't help but feel that Kimi's early season enthusiasm has waned now the reality of driving for a midfield team has sunk in. He could be leaving my lineup this week! Of course, having dropped Kvyat he's now had two good races, and I think the Toro Rosso pair are doing a stellar job with little fanfare. Of course, the moment I draft Kvyat back in he'll torpedo half the grid at Turn 1 in Montreal :D
 

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Formula 1 took a brief break from Europe, touching down in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. With Mercedes dominating the opening six rounds of the championship all eyes would be on Ferrari to see if they could topple the Silver Arrows.

The free practice sessions showed encouraging signs for Ferrari, with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc topping the time sheets in FP2 and FP3. Vettel was able to carry that form into Qualifying, delivering his first pole position in 17 Grand Prix and the second of the year for Ferrari.

Lewis Hamilton joined Vettel on the front row for the race start, with Vettel holding his position at lights out and maintaining his lead. As the race progressed the gap between Vettel and Hamilton ebbed and flowed, giving fans a rare opportunity to witness two of the finest drivers of their generation going toe-to-toe.

Approaching the pitstop window it was Ferrari who were first to blink, pitting Vettel on lap 26 whilst Mercedes unsuccessfully attempted the overcut before bringing Hamilton in on lap 28.

Hamilton continued to relentlessly chase Vettel, eroding the gap and applying significant pressure to the German driver as they started lap 48. Entering the chicane at Turn 4, Vettel's Ferrari got away from him, forcing him to take to the grass and rejoin into the path of Hamilton. With nowhere to go Hamilton was forced to lift, allowing Vettel to retain the lead.

Shortly after the message came through that the incident was under investigation, with the stewards deciding to apply a 5 second penalty to Vettel's race time for an "unsafe re-entry and forcing another driver off the track". Despite Vettel's best attempt to stretch out a sufficient gap, and Hamilton's best attempt to win the race on the track, it would be the Ferrari who took the chequered flag but the Mercedes who took the race win.

An understandably despondent Vettel took to team radio after the race to express his disappointment at the decision, a decision which will split fans of the sport for quite some time to come! With Vettel initially refusing to take part in the podium ceremony he eventually joined the proceedings, but not before cheekily swapping the #1 position board in front of Hamilton's car in parc fermé with the #2 board. Touché, Sebastian!

For the first gameweek since the season started there was no change of order on the Fantasy F1 leaderboard, with Jon's Craic Chicane team remaining on top spot. Josh's RRL Gazelle team narrowly closed the gap, but it was Petr's Peki Racing Team who were the high scorers of the week with 166 points. With Petr nominating Daniel Ricciardo as Turbo driver he was rewarded with big points after the Honey Badger came home in P6 following a strong race weekend.

Formula 1 returns to Europe in a fortnight for the French Grand Prix, swapping French speaking Montreal for Le Castellet at the Circuit Paul Ricard. Will Ferrari be able to maintain their momentum and seek retribution after losing a race in the steward's office? Be sure to let us know what you thought of the Canadian Grand Prix, and whether you thought Vettel's penalty was justified!

Craic Chicane | @Jon Patterson | 1093 points (+123, -)
RRL Gazelle | @SuperGazelle | 1049 points (+128, -)
Triple S Racing | @Ethan Kearley | 1006 points (+127, -)
Portokal Motorsports | @Marko | 934 points (+100, -)
RRL Motorsport | @Simon Fillingham | 902 points (+127, -)
Snelle Jelle | @Jelle Ooms | 786 points (+128, -)
Raijin Racing | @BeefSupreme | 781 points (+151, -)
URL Motorsport | @Skenys | 713 points (+99, -)
Peki Racing Team | @Peki | 705 points (+166, -)
 

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I'm surprised i was one of the better scorers. I hardly watched/heard much of practice/quali/race but i grasped that Racing Point hadnt done well in Q, and Ferrari were offering some fight here - thx to the huge top speed difference which gave them a mighty S3. Raikkonen was poor again for me. Pleased for Ricciardo, at last.

as for the penalty, i dont think it was conclusive enough to give Seb a +5. imo, Seb didnt have enough control of car for the stewards to judge he could have left room for Lewis. Im sure Lewis was elated to take the victory but things were obviously a bit awkward afterwards. Lewis continues to behave impeccably and is a great ambassador of F1 - which i suppose comes easy when you are so dominant. Seb needs to get over it quick, but i doubt he will and will keep referring to it as Ferrari's challenge fades even further. Step forward Leclerc, and give him a fair chance Ferrari!
 

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At this point of the season Racing Point have definitely delivered the most amount of fantasy points out of the "best of the rest" teams, and outperformed the more expensive Renault team. That said, it looks like Renault might be on course to turn their season around, so it'll be interesting to see how they do at their home grand prix next week!

Interesting fact - George Russell has netted 83 points this season so far for his current $6.9m price tag. That's more points than his fellow rookies Norris and Albon. In fact, with the exception of Perez, he has more points than every other driver on the grid who aren't in a Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull!

Regarding the penalty, I actually believe it was the correct call. I instantly thought of Verstappen at Suzuka when he got landed with a 5s penalty for the same reason, and if you're going to apply the rules consistently then it was necessary. I believe any driver who did the same in a RRL race would also get a reprimand for an unsafe rejoin and pick up penalty points. Of course it killed what was otherwise a great race up to that point, but when applying the letter of the law you simply can't take into consideration the bigger picture. When you start talking about things like "leniency", "common sense" and "benefit of the doubt" then you end up in the situation we had for years were every time an incident was overlooked people cried "Ferrari International Assistance".

Of course, that is purely my opinion and I accept I'm probably in the minority on this one. One thing that can't be disputed is the fact that Vettel made a mistake that prompted this whole situation. If nothing else the furore around this distracts from the fact that, once again whilst under pressure, Vettel cracked.
 
#59
I'd say the penalty was right given the letter of the law, but the letter of the law itself is what needs fixing. That's my 2 cents.

Regarding fantasy, my achilles this week was turbo-ing Norris. It really screwed me! Hamilton and Merc continue to rake in the points so they're going no where, and I'm confident of Norris improving next time out, so it'll probably be Sainz or K Mag out for the next race.
 
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